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An anti-fascist, anti-racist extreme metal festival held in the dark heart of Brooklyn on January 25-26, 2019.
314 backers pledged $11,036 to help bring this project to life.

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Metal is too good for Nazis.

Want to help us fight back? blackflagsoverbrooklyn@gmail.com // @blackflagsovrBK 

The worldwide rise of violent white supremacy and fascism has put every one of us—but especially those in marginalized communities—at risk, and metal should not be allowed to become a breeding ground for right-wing extremism. 

My name is Kim Kelly, and I'm a writer, editor, and radical organizer based in NYC. I've been covering heavy metal and its culture for the past 15 years in a wide range of publications—from Terrorizer and Decibel to NPR, VICE, and the New York Times—and have been booking shows since I was too young to legally drink at them. This festival is the culmination of my (and my fellow organizers') work over the past few years, and brings together two things that are incredibly dear to my cold black heart: the ongoing struggle against fascism, and heavy fucking metal. 

As we all know, metal is an incredibly vibrant, diverse subculture. Unfortunately, there's a small but vocal contingent of traitors in our midst who care more about gatekeeping and upholding toxic ideologies like white supremacy, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and bigotry in general than in seeing the genre thrive. 

This festival is for those of us who reject and push back against that poison—who adhere to the mantra that "metal is for everyone (except Nazis)," and who are committed to cleaning up our own backyard. The artists on this lineup are all very different, but are all united under the same ethos: FUCK NSBM.  

It's time to raise the black flag, throw the horns, and take our scene back! 🏴

We're using Kickstarter to raise funds for this festival because, simply put, the people behind this event aren't exactly swimming in it, and festivals are expensive—especially when you're committed to making sure every person involved, from the bar staff to the headlining band, are properly compensated for their time and labor. 

With that being said, we've drummed up a bunch of cool perks and extras from friends and comrades across the metal and radical worlds to serve as incentives, and hope that, even if you're not able to join us in person, you'll consider tossing in a few bucks for the cause!

*If you choose the tote bag/backpatch option, please drop us a line to let us know which one you want. If you choose a T-shirt, please let us know what size you need: blackflagsoverbrooklyn@gmail.com

Risks and challenges

The biggest concerns we've got to juggle are budget and time - two finite resources in a very unpredictable world. We started planning this back in September, and are very much on track right now, but since we're still struggling under the iron fist of capitalism, money remains a concern - we want to make sure all of our friends are well taken care of, and that everyone leaves happy and energized for the battles ahead.

We've got to cover travel costs, housing, food, drinks, and playing fees for our artists, as well as venue costs, promo costs, printing costs, and an "oh shit" contingency fund in case of emergencies. The organizers are hoping to have enough scratch left over after all's said and done to pay ourselves something for the past few months of work, and to be able to donate a decent sum to a worthy cause like a local bail fund, legal fund, or strike fund.

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    Solidarity

    We realize that not everyone will be able to travel to this festival in person, but if you'd still like to support the bands (and the cause) with a couple spare bucks, we're endlessly appreciative!

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    "FUCK NSBM" Patch

    Wear your heart on your sleeve with a DIY "FUCK NSBM" patch screen-printed with love right here in NYC.

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    "METAL AGAINST FASCISM" Patch

    By popular demand, you can now snag a patch with this killer design!

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    METAL AGAINST FASCISM+ FUCK NSBM Patches

    Hate NSBM? Love metal? Why not both?

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    "FUCK NSBM" Tote Bag OR Backpatch

    Let 'em know where you stand in nice, big, bold letters, DIY screen-printed here in NYC.
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    METAL AGAINST FASCISM Tote OR Backpatch

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    Olivia Neutered John bundle

    A dick-stomping audio/visual treat from our friends at Blackened Death Records

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    • Stickers
    • 'FEMINIST PORNOGRIND' patch
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    TRIDROID RECORDS TAPE BUNDLE

    High Cost + Antiverse tapes (plus limited edition button of each) courtesy of our pals at Tridroid Records!

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    BLACK FLAGS OVER BROOKLYN 2019 Shirt

    Preorder your BFOB 2019 festival T-shirt for bragging rights, in solidarity, or because we all know there's no such thing as owning too many black T-shirts
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    METAL AGAINST FASCISM Shirt + Patch

    The more anti-fascist metal merch, the better, right? These shirts will be DIY hand-screened with love right here in Brooklyn (Let us know what size you need then you order!)

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    PM PRESS BOOK BUNDLE

    Snag a copy of Matthew N. Lyons' crucial new title, 'Insurgent Supremacists: The U.S. Far Right’s Challenge to State and Empire,' from our friends at PM Press!

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    T-SHIRT BUNDLE

    Get an official BFOB shirt AND a 'Metal Against Fascism' shirt, because you know you need more black T-shirts ;)

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    FESTIVAL PASS

    Snag your will-call ticket for the fest nice and early.

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    FESTIVAL PASS + Patch

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    VILE CREATURE MERCH BUNDLE 1

    Vinyl test pressing of Vile Creature's incredible 2018 LP 'Cast of Static and Smoke,' plus an 'Angry Queer Gloom Cult' membership patch + a hand-written note from the band and their 7 sweet animal companions!

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    VILE CREATURE MERCH BUNDLE 2

    Vinyl test pressing of Vile Creature's groundbreaking 2015 debut, 'A Steady Descent into the Soil,' plus an 'Angry Queer Gloom Cult' membership patch + a hand-written note from the band and their 7 sweet animal companions!

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    2X SHIRT + PATCH BUNDLE

    Stock up on anti-fascist metal gear! This bundle includes two BFOB shirts (email us your sizes!) plus 1 METAL AGAINST FASCISM patch and 1 FUCK NSBM patch.

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    FESTIVAL PASS + Tote / Backpatch

    Festival pass plus a FUCK NSBM tote bag OR backpatch

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    AK PRESS BOOK BUNDLE

    Snag a trio of essential 2018 fascism-fighting titles from our friends at AK Press! Each set includes a copy of 'Against the Fascist Creep,' 'Fascism Today,' and 'Alerta! Alerta!'

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    TRIDROID RECORDS VINYL + HOODIE BUNDLE

    Snag a Violet Cold DLP + an exclusive Tridroid hoodie
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    FESTIVAL PASS + BFOB 2019 SHIRT

    Skip the lines and snag your will-call weekend ticket and your exclusive festival shirt right when you walk in the door!

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    2 X WEEKEND PASSES

    Two weekend passes (your name +1). Bring a comrade - everything's better when we're smashing fascism together!

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    TOTAL SUPPORT BUNDLE

    Weekend pass, a BFOB 2019 T-shirt, both patches, a tote bag, a backpatch (your choice of the two designs), and some extra stickers, pins, and assorted fun stuff :)

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